Need Inspiration for your quilting?

It’s a lovely day in Arizona, and when having my morning bagel I always have one or more quilting magazines to look at. It doesn’t matter how old the magazine is, I always get new ideas. I thought I would share the web links to some authors with you to give you inspiration and new ideas. This morning’s list is from American Patchwork & Quilting. It’s geared to getting you to subscribe and has several patterns for fat quarters. Listed below are the authors and their links. I haven’t vetted these to make sure they’re active, but take a look and let me know what you think.

Molly Hanson: sewwrongsewright.blogspot.com

Mari Martin: connectingthreads.com

Darlene Zimmerman: feedsacklady.com

Kimberly Walus: bittybitsandpieces.blogspot.com

Monica Solorio-Snow: thehappyzombie.com

Deanne Eisenman: snugglequilts.com

 

Upcoming shows

I’ve signed up for the new season of the Scottsdale Street Fair in, of course, Scottsdale, AZ. Held on Sundays through mid-may, the first show is October 7. I’ll be displaying my embroidery, quilts, and baby items.I’ve also starting doing screen printed tees. In addition, I’ll be selling my Scentsy warmers and fragrances and Velata, Scentsy’s new line of fondue warmers for Belgian chocolates. They have attendance of between 2,000 and 5,000 people weekly.

I’ve also signed up to be at Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale for their monthly fund-raising. Will be doing the hand crafted items there. It’s organized by fellow shoppers I know. This is their first independent venture, and had about 25 vendors last month. I’m looking forward to working with them.

For more information on my wares, please check out my Etsy shop, KristaBDesigns and my Scentsy site at homescentsbyjanice.scentys.us.

Wedding quilt signed, sealed, and delivered

The quilt looked wonderfu, and was mailed to the wedding couple a week or so ago. They loved it! Which is a good thing because then they would have had to send it back to me and only get a check for the wedding instead! The wedding is this weekend, and from what I understand, there were be about 200 people. Can’t wait to go. Doing my Mom’s laundry now so she has something to pack!

Wedding quilt part 2

I finally finished the body of the quilt; just need to add borders. I’m only a month or so behind, but with temperatures hovering at around 108 degrees, I run out of energy quickly. Plus the quilt is getting bulky at this size. I can’t wait to take it to get quilted, will be doing lots of feathers on it.

Pictures to follow.

I wonder if this post is short enough to be a twitter.

The craft shows are coming!

The temperature is coming down- thank goodness! For those of us in the Phoenix, AZ area, that means temps are now down to only two digits!

It also means that the Briar Patch Marketplace craft shows have started, and I’m behind the eight-ball once again!

I’ve expanded my products to include t-shirts and lots of bling! I continue on with my bibs and small quilts. I got a heat press in June and can now do screen print transfers for team events, sports, etc.I’ve been having fun with the press, although there’s been learning moments-like the lightweight distressed little black tee with a beautiful cross on it. I must have heated it a smidgen too long because the glue went thru the front of the shirt and on to the back. As I was separating the front from the back, I found I had a really distressed look- the glue had ripped holes in the back! Oh well, now I have an opportunity to embroider something on the back of the shirt to cover up the holes! And I can’t have the iron on if the heat press is on because the circuit breaker goes.

Here’s the link to the listing of the Briar Patch shows.
http://briarpatchmarketplace.com/upcoming-events/

Please come see me if you’re local. Note- I may not make the 9/17 show, it’s AZ quilt shop week.

FYI- I’m Janice of Krista B Designs. You can also see my products on etsy at kristabdesigns.etsy.com.

Confessions of a Fabricholic

Several months ago, in January, when we were all making New Year’s resolutions, I foolishly said I was going to cut back on my fabric and embroidery purchases. Although I’ve bought bits and pieces, the Memorial Day sales, brought me to ruin! The sale was 25% off of everything except for sewing machines. I went overboard! The good news is that I saved over $100 at that one store. Of course I’m not counting the sales at Joanns, the glitter at Art Glitter Institute that was on sale for 50% off, or the larger purchase I had to make (minimum was $100) so that I could buy a $14 rhinestone headband for my niece’s graduation. The other good news is that my grand-daughter is also graduating high school so she’ll also get a headband- since I had to buy a minimum of three. To get to over $100, I ordered an assortment of rhinestone necklaces, so I have a head start for the fall craft shows.

Speaking of quilting, I started another Diamond quilt. Decided to get rid of some beige fabric, so cut it all into 8.5 inch squares. Had enough for 60 squares which will make two quilts. Drew a line down the middle, another line two inches from that. You just have to sew and flip six million 1.5 inch strips, leaving beige in the middle. Square the blocks, lay them out, add a border and you’re done! I’m almost done with the squares, thank goodness!

Also did some work on my embroidery machine. The very cutest purple and pink heart with wings, with a white ribbon with “Angel” on a hot pink t-shirt. Should have it up on Etsy in the next few days. Also stitched a towel with one of the designs from Balboa. That was my big purchase at the end of last year. Turned out nice, very good digitizing.

Back to my day job tomorrow morning. Finished with the month’s work last Monday. One more day of boredom before the new month starts. Can’t wait!

Life is getting back to normal

I haven’t been doing much creating, quilting, and absolutely no embroidery since my last post on January 29. The next day we had to take my Mom to the hospital with what turned out to be double pnuemonia, and other complications. The good news is that she just joined a very nice group home near us. We hope it will only be for a couple of months or so. Then she can go back to her old place. She still needs oxygen, but she can walk a little  without the walker or the wheelchair. Progress!

I had been working on photos and instructions for a variation of my Scrappy  Diamonds quilt, part of which is my banner for the blog. My variation has diamonds in two sizes, which gives the quilt more movement. I hope to get that posted within the next week.

Janice

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